Register Today for the OACTA Annual Meeting!
Join us November 10-11 at the Ritz Carlton Cleveland! An outstanding program will provide up to 8.75 CLE credits, including 1.0hr. of APC/Ethics credit.
Presentations include the following:

  • Paul D. Motz, Esq. - "Reverse Reptile Theory - Beating Plaintiffs at their Own Game"
  • Judge Philip Calabrese, Judge Ashley Kilbane and Judge Oldfield - "Back to the Courtroom - What We Can Expect from Courts Moving Forward"
  • Professor Steven Steinglass - "The Importance of the Ohio Constitution"
  • Karl A. Bekeny, Esq., Kevin M. Young, Esq., Ethan W. Weber, Esq. - "Class Actions in Insurance"
  • Doug P. Holthus, Esq. - "Disability Discrimination in the Time of 'Long' COVID; & Employment Policies Under the Biden NLRB Board"
  • Joseph S. Simms, Esq. - "Current Trends in Alternative Dispute Resolution and a Look at Post-COVID Changes"
  • Professor Brant T. Lee - "Critical Race Theory"
  • Chelsea Smith, Esq., Frederick D. Cruz, Esq., Elizabeth (Betsy) Nino de Rivera, Esq. - "Cracking the Code: Perspectives from In-House Counsel and Challenges Facing In-House Legal Departments"
  • Justice Michael Donnelly - "Navigating and Arguing in the Ohio Supreme Court"
  • Karen D. Adinolfi, Esq. - "Implicit Bias: Define It, Recognize It, Combat It!"

In addition to the educational program, meeting registration includes a Networking Reception on Thursday and the OACTA Legal Excellence Awards Luncheon & Annual Business Meeting.
Thank you to our Sponsors!
Congratulations to the OACTA Awards Recipients
Congratulations to the 2022 OACTA Award Recipients!

During the OACTA Annual Business Meeting & Legal Excellence Award Luncheon on Thursday, November 10, the following awards will be presented. This presentation will take place during the OACTA 2022 Annual Meeting at the Ritz Carlton in Cleveland. 
Excellence in Advocacy Award:
Cormac DeLaney, Esq.
Manahan, Pietrykowski, DeLaney & Wasielewski Co., LPA
Lifetime Achievement Award:
Mark F. McCarthy, Esq.
Tucker Ellis LLP
Respected Advocate Award:
K. James Sullivan, Esq.
Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP

Distinguished Contributions to the Community Award:
Hilary S. Taylor, Esq. (posthumous)
Outstanding Young Lawyer Award:
Thomas N. Spyker, Esq.
Reminger Co. LPA
Frank Seth Hurd Member of the Year Award:
Adelia A. Mohan, Esq.
Weston Hurd. LLP
OACTA Committee Chair of the Year Award:
Gretchen Koehler Mote, Esq.
Ohio Bar Liability Insurance Co.
Nicole A. Mitchell, Esq.
Freund Freeze & Arnold
Mark Your Calendars!

November 10-11, 2022
OACTA Annual Meeting
The Ritz Carlton
Cleveland, OH

December 7, 2022
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
“Pavement Defects in Injury Cases” Webinar
Sponsored by Robson Forensic
Registration Coming Soon

January 18, 2023
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
“The Biomechanics of Injury Causation- Traumatic Brain Injuries” Webinar
Sponsored by ARCCA
Registration Coming Soon

Save the Date!
September 5, 2023
OACTA Foundation Golf Outing
Pinnacle Golf Club
Grove City, Ohio

OACTA Foundation 13th Annual Golf Outing
Thank you to all who participated in the OACTA Foundation's 13th Annual Golf Outing!
The OACTA Foundation Golf Outing was held on Tuesday, September 6th at Pinnacle Golf Club in Grove City. Fifty-five golfers came out to support the OACTA Foundation. Thank you to all who participated as a sponsor or golfer!
Net proceeds from the Golf Outing benefit the OACTA Foundation. The OACTA Foundation funds projects consistent with the mission of OACTA, such as the annual Hilary S. Taylor Inclusion and Equity Scholarship Program and the National Foundation for Judicial Excellence (NFJE). To date, the OACTA Foundation Golf Outing has raised over $115,000 for the scholarship program and NFJE!
Thank you to Golf Outing Co-Chairs Brigid Heid and Mark McCarthy for all their efforts! A special thank you to Weston Hurd and Tucker Ellis for sponsoring the reception.
Save the date the next year’s outing to be held on Tuesday, September 5, 2023 at Pinnacle Golf Club in Grove City!
Thank you to our 2022 OACTA Foundation Golf Outing Sponsors for their support!

Weston Hurd LLP – Reception Sponsor
Tucker Ellis LLP – Reception Sponsor
Lexitas Legal – Lunch Sponsor
Eastman & Smith Ltd. – Goodie Bag Sponsor
Young & Alexander Co. LPA – Beverage Cart Sponsor
Technology Concepts & Design, Inc. (TCDI)
Cavitch Familo & Durkin Co., LPA
Collins, Roche, Utley & Garner, LLC
Explico Engineering
Garvey, Garvey, Vinci & Garvey, Duffers-At-Law
Garvey Shearer Nordstrom PSC
Grange Insurance
Rudick Forensic Engineering
S-E-A, Ltd.
Subashi Wildermuth & Justice
Sutter O'Connell
The Law Firm of Fitzgerald, Reese & Elliott Co.
Veritext Legal Solutions
2022 Golf Outing sponsors
Job Postings
If your company has a position available or if you are looking for a position within the civil defense practice, OACTA may be able to help! Job postings are available through the OACTA website and listings will appear for 90 days or until the position has been filled, whichever is lesser.
View the latest job posting HERE. If your company has a position available, submit a job posting.
Welcome New OACTA Members Since July!
Kayla Henderson, Robison, Curphey & O'Connell
Sam Benson, Nationwide Insurance
Caitlin Thompson, Smith Marshall LLP
Jeff Smith, RCO Law
Corey Tomlinson, RCO Law
Desmond Cullimore, The Cullimore Law Firm
Nicolas Davis, Young & Alexander Co. LPA
Eric Wittenberg, Cook, Sladoje & Wittenberg Co., LPA
Grant Wright, Ohio Bar Liability Ins. Co.
Ethan Weber, Tucker Ellis LLP
Thomas Connick, Schneider Smeltz Spieth Bell
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